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A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Peter Gallagher ...  Sandy Cohen 92 episodes, 2003-2007
Kelly Rowan ...  Kirsten Cohen 92 episodes, 2003-2007
Ben McKenzie ...  Ryan Atwood 92 episodes, 2003-2007
Adam Brody ...  Seth Cohen 92 episodes, 2003-2007
Rachel Bilson ...  Summer Roberts 92 episodes, 2003-2007
Melinda Clarke ...  Julie Cooper / ... 90 episodes, 2003-2007
Mischa Barton ...  Marissa Cooper 78 episodes, 2003-2007
Tate Donovan ...  Jimmy Cooper 40 episodes, 2003-2006
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Storyline

Ensemble drama revolving around the young adult community of the Orange County, California, area. A street-smart teen winds up in the midst of the high-class society of Newport Beach, sparking something of an "edgier" take on the "Melrose Place" style premise. Written by Anonymous

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The O.C. Orange County, It's where all the beautiful people live See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK] | CTV [Canada]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Orange County See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper-Nichol), actually read for the part of the perfect mother, Kirsten Cohen. In the pilot episode, there just wasn't enough material for her to read as Julie, so she was brought in to read for the Kirsten part. The role of Kirsten eventually went to Canadian actress Kelly Rowan. See more »

Goofs

In Season 3, when Ryan is with Sadie in the pool house, Seth finds the door locked when he tries to enter and states "when did this door ever have a lock." Ryan mentions he added it for privacy. In Season 1, when Hailey has the huge New Years party, she locks Ryan and Seth in the pool house, so they won't spoil her fun. See more »

Quotes

Sandy: If all we're gunna do is send them to their room and make them do homework, what are they going to learn?
Kirsten: Their homework.
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Crazy Credits

For the first half of season one, Rachel Bilson (Summer) and Melinda Clarke (Julie) were credited as guest stars, even though Rachel Bilson appeared in each episode. From the fourteenth episode on, they were credited on the theme song as regulars. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: Rough Trade (2006) See more »

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California
(main title)
Performed by Phantom Planet
Written by Jason Schwartzman, Jacques Brautbar, Sam Farrar, Alex Greenwald,
Darren Robinson (uncredited)
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Brilliant
27 November 2003 | by copeknightSee all my reviews

The best show on TV in a decade. Funny, surprising, and always entertaining this is far more than a teeny-bopper 90210 knock-off. It's wonderful. The acting is top-notch, but the writing is simply brilliant. If only we all did it like they do it in The O.C. I hope it'll be around for years to come, but, even if it isn't, each episode is 60 minutes to treasure. Plus: the best soundtrack on TV.


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